MAIN IDEA PLEASE TAKE NOTES IN YOUR FOLDERS FROM THE POWER POINT. YOU WILL RECEIVE A PARTICIPATION GRADE FOR WRITING ALL THE NOTES FROM THIS PRESENTATION. A OR F
MAIN IDEA <ul><li>The main idea is the MOST IMPORTANT idea. </li></ul><ul><li>The main idea tells what the passage/paragraph is about. </li></ul><ul><li>Main ideas are usually found in the first or last sentence of a paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the main idea is not stated directly at all. </li></ul>
MAIN IDEA USE DETAILS WITHIN THE PARAGRAPH TO FIGURE OUT THE…
Here Is An Example <ul><li>Area codes are numerical codes assigned by the telephone company to tell from which part of the country you are calling. (2) Area codes were first introduced in 1947. (3) At that time, there were 86 area codes. (4) Today there are over 150. </li></ul><ul><li>(5) California, the most populous state in the country, has the most area codes. (6) An area code can serve almost 800 three-digit prefixes. (7) Each prefix has almost 10,000 possible telephone numbers. </li></ul>
Let’s Figure It Out… <ul><li>Each sentence is about what topic? </li></ul>“ AREA CODES” <ul><li>The main idea must show this fact. </li></ul><ul><li>The sentences are connected only by the fact that each deals with area codes. </li></ul><ul><li>So, what do you think is the main idea of the paragraph? </li></ul>
MAIN IDEA <ul><li>“There are many interesting facts about area codes.” </li></ul>
HOW TO CREATE A MAIN IDEA WHEN IT IS NOT STATED DIRECTLY <ul><li>WHEN YOU SEE THERE IS NO SENTENCE GENERAL ENOUGH TO INCLUDE ALL OF THE OTHER SENTENCES. EACH SENTENCE IS TOO SPECIFIC. </li></ul><ul><li>THEN IT IS UP TO YOU TO FIGURE OUT THE AUTHOR’S MAIN IDEA. </li></ul>
ASK YOURSELF <ul><li>What is the topic of the paragraph? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the author’s main point about the paragraph? What is he saying? </li></ul><ul><li>Your answer should be general enough to cover all of the supporting details in the paragraph. </li></ul>
Let’s Try Again… (1) College and university sports teams have nicknames. (2) Most are common, such as the Bears, Lions, and Tigers. (3) However, some are unusual. (4) For instance, the University of California at Irvine is nicknamed “Anteaters.” (5) The University of Washburn’s sports teams are called the “Ichabods.” (6) Richland and College sports teams are called “Thunderducks.” (7) And perhaps the strangest of all belongs to the University of California at Santa Cruz. (8) Their nickname is the “Banana Slugs.” NOW YOU WRITE THE MAIN IDEA.
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